Two giant brown bears ventured out of their forest home — to take a stroll through a town centre.
The 300lb beasts were spotted by children near a school in rural Hokkaido, northern Japan.
They then took a 40-minute ramble through the streets.
The Hokkaido bears, known in Japan as "higuma", are particularly powerful and aggressive.
They have been known to attack humans in the district, which is the size of Ireland, and where around 3,000 of the animals live in the wild.
Attempts were made to remove the two bears from the town, but after they failed they were shot by a local hunter.
A third bear that formed part of the family group has not been found.